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henever a major event hits Worcester that the media latches on to (see: pit bull ordinance, taxis vs. liveries, dual tax rate, etc.) the same names pop up in the articles. After a couple news cycles, those same names give the same statements, provide the same spin and in some cases repeat verbatim what they’ve said before. It makes sense: they’re regarded as the “experts,” the ones knowledgeable on the subject. For this week’s cover story on CSX’s move and expansion in Worcester, we decided to take a different route. Yes, the story has been beaten (almost) to death by local media, and hammered on as a talking point in an election season, but an event that will have an enormous impact on the region deserves some second, third, and fourth glances. In the story you’ll find no quotes from any local official. We purposely sought out knowledgeable sources that have not been asked publically (at least within a 50 mile radius) to comment on the state’s deal with CSX, in order to skip past the same pro/ con talking points we’ve heard before. It’s the CSX deal from the outside looking in; a refreshing view to have sometimes. —Jeremy Shulkin | Senior Writer

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Fighting for Children: New grant used to combat infant mortality Keen Hahn

community viewed the film Is Inequality Making Us Sick? – When the Bough Breaks and participated in open discussions about the film’s contents and how it relates to the situation in Worcester. Community members were also asked to fill out a survey before and after viewing the video so that task force members could assess the attitudes, opinions and knowledge of each meeting’s participants originally and after receiving the information presented. Seven smaller focus groups were also held at a variety of city locations with similar structures to the larger events. The data collected suggested that the facts discussed at the meetings were successful in altering the perceptions of those exposed to them and in increasing awareness of the infant mortality issue and the preventative measures that can be taken. “Infant mortality is not like a chronic disease. It is different for every woman,” states Turkson. She and Brindisi both cite the many contributors to high infant-mortality rates, including low birth weight, preterm births, maternal stress, lack of prenatal care, substance abuse and smoking. This extensive array of possible causes is what makes infant mortality a difficult problem to solve, and is why creating awareness of these possibilities and collecting up-to-date data is integral to the success of the initiative.


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ecently, Worcester’s Division of Public Health received a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in order to take on one of the most sensitive Judge rules that the Montvale tennis and potentially devastating issues affecting the city’s court belongs in the historical district. inhabitants: infant mortality. The city will receive $15,000 No love here. -3 per year for the next two years, funds that are specifically deployed to reduce infant mortality rates not only by improving citizen awareness and access to health care, but August tax holiday this weekend. also by addressing the social inequalities that lead to higher Go buy yourself something nice. +2 infant mortality numbers among certain demographic groups. The program has been dubbed the Infant Mortality Reduction “Asian longhorn beetles found in Initiative, and it is galvanizing a massive collaborative effort ________.” This week it’s Shrewsbury, on the part of the city and many community organizations to but it’s at the point where now you can protect Worcester’s newborns. just start filling in the blank with any “We are working with over a dozen community partners nearby town. -3 on this grant,” says Derek S. Brindisi, director of Worcester’s Division of Public Health. Some of the participating organizations include UMass Medical School, Head Start, YWCA, An old-fashioned WRTA sick YMCA, March of Dimes, Common Pathways, Great Brook Valley out cripples bus service for a day. Health Center, and Family Health Center, among others. Recession? What recession? -2 The main goals that inform the work of this task force are threefold: increasing community awareness of infant Same sentiments for the city’s bid mortality and what contributes to it; training for to build a new animal shelter. -4 collecting accurate race, ethnicity and language data; and training to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services to citizens. Member organizations Worcester task force on jobs realize that the information they are trying to pass on releases their report with some new to city residents is only useful if it is conveyed in a ideas. People may not agree, but at way that is accessible by and customizable to the many least we’re talking about it in August diverse groups that make up Worcester’s population, and not November. +1 which is why a large percentage of their efforts is geared toward collecting and acting upon data that will exactly represent the city’s needs. Congress passes the remaining As of 2008, Worcester had an infant mortality rate of jobs money not included in last 8.4 per 1,000 live births, which is greater than both the month’s bill. The state gets its $655 million back, but now the debate is on Massachusetts state average of 4.9 per 1,000 and the national average of 6.7 per 1,000. how to use it. +2 “Our rate is higher than both Massachusetts and the U.S. as a whole,” says Francisca Turkson, one of the An hour of testimony against the Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative’s organizers from pit bull ordinance, and some signals Healthy Start and the Great Brook Valley Health Center. the council might change their “That’s unacceptable.” direction. Democracy in action. +2 Turkson has been present at the three town-hall style forums that have been held at the Worcester Public Deval Patrick and Charlie Baker Library, the Pentecost International Worship Center, can’t even agree on the number of and the YWCA. At these meetings, attendees from the

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-Worcester’s 2008 infant mortality rate, per every 1,000 live births. Higher than Cuba and the USA national average, and placing us between Hungary (8.3) and Puerto Rico (8.65), according to the CIA World Factbook


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n an article appearing in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette on July 20, Worcester City Manager Michael O’Brien announced that plans had been finalized to restructure and extend the contract between the city and SMG, the management firm that has overseen the DCU’s operation since it opened in 1982. This decision comes alongside the city’s $30 million investment to renovate the center. Extending the contract is meant to protect the city’s investment by ensuring stability as the center, which has brought Worcester a large amount of public interest, revenue and investment, undergoes upgrades. Having SMG continue to manage the property will allow the center to remain open for the majority of the time in which it is being renovated.

In addition, SMG assented to have its management fee capped at $295,000 per year with an opportunity to receive up to $295,000 in additional incentive dollars if the facility’s operating revenues climb above the $4 million mark, dropping the center’s management cost. The hope is that this reorganization will continue to improve upon a Worcester institution that has proven its value many times over the years. “Arenas like the DCU are drivers for the local economy,” says O’Brien. These facilities “fill the city’s hotels and restaurants,” while also bringing in revenue from the events and conventions that they host. They are known as “loss leaders,” investments that require a percentage of tax dollars but that bring returns on these expenses through gains reaped from infusing vendors and patrons into an area. For

example, the DCU Center received $376,875 from the city’s budget to support operations and debt service during the 2010 fiscal year, but made $824,097 in net operating income in the same time period. Furthermore, by restructuring the contract with SMG, the city manager was able to ensure that the center continues to provide the same level of service, while reducing the amount that the city pays to retain SMG as the arena’s managing company. “The city manager drove a better deal for the city,” asserts Sandy Dunn, the DCU Center’s general manager. According to Dunn, by negotiating to contribute more money to renovation costs, the city will save money in the long run through lowering SMG’s fee to hold the building. In addition to saving money, retaining continued on page 6



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Despite the challenges they face, however, task force members are dedicated to inspiring hope in the citizens with whom they meet. They do this in numerous ways, from handing out brochures with quickly readable reference information and bumper stickers to promote solidarity to less conventional measures such as inspirational activities during meetings. “At the YWCA meeting, we celebrated all the kids born healthy in the last year,� cites Turkson as an example. “We had face painting, cake and other activities. It was a great time.� Instances like the one Turkson mentions reveal the communitycentered outlook of the initiative. Every effort is being made to assure residents that for an issue as personal as infant mortality, an equally personalized solution must be enacted. As the program moves through its first year, impacts are already being seen, and hopes are high that the city will come out of this a brighter future for Worcester’s youngest citizens.


SMG is another benefit brought by the new contract. Skip Ashooh, the former chair of the Economic Development Committee that brought the Verizon Wireless Arena to Manchester, N.H., believes that this aspect is one of the most important parts of the deal. “They won’t say it, but I will. SMG is the 800-pound gorilla in the room when it comes to facilities management,� asserts Ashooh. “Having that kind of muscle working for you is a good thing, and can make getting through tough economic times a lot easier.� The analyses that Ashooh and his colleagues conducted when deciding to build Manchester’s arena are indicative of the kind of economic impact that a facility like the DCU Center has on a city. Manchester used to lose $25 million annually to other communities before the Verizon Wireless Arena was built. Now with the arena in place, according to economic impact studies, Manchester pulls in between $40 million and $50 million per year and draws in 80 to 90 percent of the market within a

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REMEMBERING AMORELLO: The big gossip before Tuesday’s city council meeting was about former Worcester state senator, MassHighway commissioner, Turnpike Authority director and Big Dig head Matt Amorello, who was recently arrested for drunk driving in Haverhill. The talk wasn’t about his arrest, but rather how much he did for Worcester. “He was great for us,” said one Worcester pol, adding that after taking over the oft-criticized public works project “he turned radioactive and he took the fall,” echoing sentiments by many that the Big Dig was a failure before Amorello took charge of it…Illustrating the point that Amorello was a scapegoat for the project, one official brought up Michael Lewis, another dubious former Big Dig manager. While Amorello has hit bottom, Lewis now serves as the director of the Department of Transportation for the state of Rhode Island, raking in a hefty MA pension on top of his RI salary.

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AT LEAST THIS IS HAPPENING IN AUGUST: After months of work, the Mayor’s Task Force on Job Growth and Business Retention was released last week, but it received a lukewarm reception from the city council. Of course, the main idea zeroed in on by the public and politicians is a gradual shift of the dual-tax rate in favor of businesses. The report contends that owner-occupied homes could avoid a tax increase with an abatement plan, but only for those who qualify. While details are still thin about what that means. Joff Smith seemed to have the most specific information about it, pointing out that it could raise taxes for many middle class homeowners, and not “multi-millionaires,” but discussion ended when a report on which residences would and wouldn’t qualify was sought.

TISK-TASK: Criticism of the task

force focused on who made up the 35 member group, with a number of people pointing out that only 2/3 of them reside in Worcester, and a large portion represented the non-profit community – the reason why many are saying there’s no mention of PILOT payments. On the homeowner side, low residential tax rate advocate Gary Vecchio says he was initially contacted to be on the task force, but never heard back after stating that he “didn’t want to be a token.”

THE REAL MARRIAGE REF: Over the years there’s been no love lost between City Councilor Konnie Lukes and City Clerk David Rushford, especially after her persistence in questioning Rushford’s office’s handling of weddings at City Hall, and how much money he has made in performing them (which she has pointed out is not illegal). It came up again on Tuesday. As the council was about to re-elect Rushford (who sits next to the mayor in the council chamber) to another term as clerk, Lukes held the vote. Awwkwwaarrd. She asked for a report on how much money the clerk’s office makes from weddings, and if it reduces the amount of time the office has for providing city services. Councilors Bill Eddy and Joe Petty came to Rushford’s defense, with Eddy saying this should be discussed in executive session (that was shot down by the city solicitor) and Petty arguing that the clerk works long hours, and that should be reflected in any report. GIMMIE SHELTER: The city has gotten itself into a game of politics with the Worcester Animal Rescue League. In response to WARL’s threat to not accept any Worcester dogs if the proposed pit bull ordinance is voted into law, the city has put out to bid the construction of a new shelter. It’s easy to question how seriously that option is being looked at though, as the bidding period lasted a relatively short two weeks (ending after we go to press) and a discussion from Mayor Joe O’Brien regarding a no-kill policy was met with little comment on Tuesday, then filed immediately afterwards. “I don’t see that going any place,” said one councilor after the meeting.

BEETLE-GATE: A few weeks ago in this column we wrote that the Asian longhorn beetles found in six Jamaica Plain trees were most likely from the Worcester area. Then, last week, our brothers from another publisher at the Associated Press wrote that they probably weren’t. We’re not ones to start a quibble with the AP, but we were pretty certain we had our facts straight, and another call to the USDA confirmed it. While the most recent article was correct in pointing out the DNA analysis wasn’t complete (the government is still waiting for info from China – good luck with that one!), the testing still “proves in our minds that it’s likely linked to Worcester,” a USDA spokeswoman said.

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slants rants& Ourturn Birth Days When a baby is carried to full term and born healthy and adorable, we oftentimes forget how fortunate both that mother and baby have been for the past nine months. The mother of a healthy baby more than likely has had access to the proper prenatal care, has been educated on how to take care of her own body as her pregnancy progresses, and is fortunate enough to live in an area where her medical care is administered in a language that she can understand. Moreover, the neighborhood and community of this fortunate mother has been supportive and has enabled her to access the critical care, nutrition and education that she needed to successfully carry her baby to term. This mother may have realized the dangers of an abusive relationship and sought help from any domestic violence in her life, and was able to provide her unborn child a safe environment to grow within her womb. With the recent Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative launched in Worcester, we are reminded that not every mother has had the good fortune to access all that she deserves, and with an infant mortality rate greater than the state average, we applaud the many agencies involved in this potentially life-saving grant. Birth is a miracle, and a healthy baby has so many obstacles to overcome before the day of birth even occurs. Let’s rally behind this initiative to assure that every baby born in our community has an uneventful, happy and healthy nine-month journey and something incredible to celebrate on his or her birth day—the miracle of life.

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Letters Pitbull pitfalls I think the proposed Pit Bull ordinance was conceived in a vacuum. I am an employee of the Worcester Animal Rescue League. I don’t know of any animal official or organization that was consulted beforehand for their input about the pit bull issue (“All Bark, no bite,” City Desk, July 29). If they had been we wouldn’t be looking at an ordinance riddled with pitfalls (pun intended). First, what is a pit bull? The American Kennel Club and other dog breed governing organizations disagree over whether a pit bull is actually a breed. When strays are brought to WARL, staff members often guess what breeds are in a mutt. With this proposed ordinance who will actually decide if a dog is a pit bull? Is that person qualified to identify a pit bull when experienced shelter staff cannot? I am also a dog owner in Worcester. If a city official labelled my dogs pit bulls, which they are not, and financially penalized me and restricted my dogs’ lives because of mistaken identity, I would hire a lawyer to get financial restitution. Pit bulls must be muzzled. Muzzles are designed for different purposes. A muzzle used to restrain a dog for medical treatment cannot be worn by a dog that’s doing something physical like walking. Dogs must pant to regulate their body temperature. Most muzzles prevent dogs from panting. Again speaking as a dog owner, if my dog died from heat stroke because it was wearing a muzzle the city insisted it wear because the ordinance did not specify the correct muzzle (a basket muzzle), I would hire a lawyer to get financial restitution. The Pit Bull ordinance does not address spaying or neutering. I have talked to many people who came to WARL to adopt a dog but changed their mind when I told them WARL spays and neuters all animals before putting them up for adoption. These people were only interested in adopting a dog for breeding to sell the puppies. A person could be in full compliance with this ordinance and still let their dog have litter after litter of pit bull puppies. Despite the pitfalls I’ve mentioned and others, I think the city councilors are going to approve this ordinance because they made up their minds before discussing the

issue with the people who handle dogs in Worcester all year long. So I have one question for the city councilors: What is their plan for implementation? The city disbanded their animal control department and eliminated one animal control officer. Their 2 remaining ACOs do not work 24/7. Dogs are not a priority to the Worcester police. Every day WARL gets calls about dogs (injured, loose) because the person already tried contacting the ACOs and police and got no response. WARL has made it clear that we will not take in the dogs from this ordinance. So, councilors, 15 minutes after this ordinance goes into effect and a pit bull (that may or may not be a pit bull) is found in non-compliance with the regulation, what happens next when there is no ACO or police officer available and no pound to bring the dog to? Sincerely, M E LANIE DULAC WORC ESTER ANIMAL RESC UE LEAGUE

Nick’s is a gem Thank you for the great article on Nick’s with beautiful photos by Steven King (“Modern Cabaret,” Cover Story, Aug. 5). My husband and I were introduced to Nick’s about 2 years ago by a friend and entertainment devotee. We love it. Although we did not get a chance to attend the Cole Porter nights we have been to the Johnny Mercer show, which was fabulous. Our regular favorites are Bobby Gadoury and the Trio, sometimes with Dale LePage, Jim Porcella, and the reason we went to Nick’s initially, Niki Luparelli with Dan Burke. Talk about a lot of talented performers and a really fun place to go. I run a little musical series myself at the EcoTarium so I know how much work Nicole Watson puts in to this great place, right here in Worcester. Nick’s is a gem, don’t miss it. T R ACY C . DILL Manager of Events and 1825 Society EcoTarium

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Dominican Republic. In a conversation about how things are down there he was saying that a popular scam by the locals that is often done on Americans is folks asking to get paid to watch your car because the cities there are so “scary” that if you leave your car unattended it will “certainly be stolen.” So when is the next show at the Hanover?

Posted by “Route 9 Worcester” on ROUTE9. ORG: I remember when I first meet Castine, it was mid 2006. I was visiting the Lucky Dog and Ralph’s almost every weekend trying to photograph all the Gothic, Death Punk, and Psychobilly bands in the area. I was trying to photograph a band such as the Automatons, Demon Seed, Ghoul’s Night out or Gein and the Graverobbers. I was approached by the then Manager of Castine. He inquired who I was and why I was photographing bands. I stated that I was Route 9 and this is what I do. Marcus, the manager at the time convinced me to photograph this new up and coming band Castine. Who are they? Some guys who grew up on Castine St. in Worcester. Where’s Castine st, actually I was surprised to find out I

live near Castine st, over by O’ Conners and Lou Rock’s Diner. So I reluctantly went. I was not impressed with the new up and coming band Castine. I thought Mike Kittredge had great talent, but nothing jumped out at me. So years later, when I saw that Castine had won best Alternative band, I skeptically decided to photograph a show. The first thing that I noticed was that much of the band had changed. Their bass players was now drummer, and Tom Morris of Dave River’s Group Fame was playing bass with this new Castine. The next thing that I noticed was the large number of eager fans. So when I heard the new Castine I was shocked. Castine is a band of huge power, energy, and great music. Yes Castine. I was wrong. You are now the best Alt band in Worcester. Castine can be found

East Park about a year ago for a concert, I can’t remember which concert it was. I’m a night person I really don’t get to go out during the days.

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wasteful things we could possibly look at in government, it’s the local government’s blind insistence on being right that pisses me off the most. How many thousands of dollars has this city spent so far in saying, “Fuck You!” to Aditya Tibrewal and Elizabeth Todd of 1 Montvale Road? How many thousands of dollars more will the city spend to “defend” itself against these two citizens who simply want to be able to do what they want with their own property? This is the heart of bad government, right here in our own back yard. This is where bad government is born.

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The other side of the tracks NEW VOICES ON WORCESTER’S CSX DEAL Jeremy Shulkin

CITY OFFICIALS, LOCAL LAWMAKERS AND PUNDITS have left little to the imagination about where they stand on the $100 million rail deal between the freight-shipping giant CSX and the state.

The deal would relocate CSX’s northeastern hub from Allston, Mass., to Worcester, doubling its already present freight yard in Worcester from 28 to 51 acres, and in the process give ownership of the rails between Worcester and Boston to the state, freeing up time and space to double the number of commuter trains running between the two cities. A lot of focus has gone into the potential positives of the deal: increased jobs, economic spin-off, increased commuter rail, lots and lots of cold, hard cash, but there’s not been much discussion on why these (aside from the cold, hard cash) are all positives. There’s also been a serious lack of information available about the environmental impact and how it flies in the face of long-term traffic planning, as well as the MBTA’s own issues, which may make doubling the commuter-rail service impossible. Although questions have been asked, there has been little follow up and even less concrete information presented. So as the city binds itself tighter with CSX, Worcester Mag decided to ask these questions of those not directly involved in the process (we’ve heard enough from them), but rather of industry experts removed from the deal and from Worcester, giving them the opportunity to speak freely and shed a little more light on what, exactly, we’re getting ourselves into.

“IN A FUNNY WAY, THE STATE’S DEAL WITH THIS THING ISN’T NECESSARILY GOING TO BENEFIT THE STATE,” says George Lauriat, editor-in-chief at the American Journal of Transportation, a trade journal focusing on shipping and trade issues. With the relocation of CSX’s freight hub to Worcester, the Beacon Park Yard that the company formerly called home will most likely become high-end condos and Harvard University developments, eliminating any direct ocean-to-rail link. Any freight shipped into Boston via the Atlantic Ocean will now have to be transferred onto a truck, driven into Worcester and then put either on a train or another truck for shipment. Lauriat explains that CSX is the real winner here, because it no longer needs Boston, especially when it has a Worcester–New York link that will allow for doublestacked trains (freight cars with twice the height and shipping capacity). According to Lauriat, shippers may just end their routes in New York, pop their cargo directly on to a CSX train right at the port and go directly up to Worcester, circumventing Boston – or any Massachusetts seaport – all together. The premise of all this excess trucking has confused some transportation experts. “Moving freight out of the port of Boston: where’s the sense in that?” wonders Walter Bonin, co-chair of the



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Regional Transportation Advisory Council (RTAC). RTAC’s concern stems from taking the freight that should be running on trains and putting it onto trucks, especially when one freight car equal three semitrailers. “The concern we’ve had is on the impact of truck traffic down I-290 to I-495 to the MassPike,” he says, explaining that Route 9, I-495 and the MassPike between Franklin and Lowell are already “at capacity” and won’t be able to handle an increase in trucking. “The idea of trucking all that stuff is a considerable concern,” he says. What makes it worse is that “none of that freight originates in Massachusetts,” and “neither is Massachusetts a destination. “Trucks going through Massachusetts and Connecticut not stopping to distribute [cargo] are no benefit to us.” What’s worse for Bonin to stomach is that the CSX deal with the state shows a lack of cohesion with Massachusetts’ freight plan, but only because the state doesn’t seem to have one. It’s likely the CSX deal would serve as a guide for future state projects for highways and commuter rail. But without a cohesive transportation plan, Bonin sees the state’s projects like the CSX deal as piece-meal projects that fail to plan for the long-run. The state is currently working on a freight plan, but it will be released after the CSX deal goes through. “Every project exists on its own,” Bonin complains, but “all the individual projects don’t add up to one coherent integrated system.” “There’s not a vision of what our transportation system needs to look like as a guide,” he says, adding that the state is losing out on jobs because “without an effective transportation system you cannot grow.” Bonin isn’t the only one tying the state’s agreement with CSX to job growth. “Worcester gets itself on the map as an inland port, but it doesn’t make sense for traffic and it doesn’t make sense for jobs,” says Richard Flynn, who serves as the executive director of the Eastern Massachusetts Freight Rail Coalition. “I just don’t think there will be a net increase in railroad jobs.” CSX estimates that the freight yard expansion will create 376 construction jobs and 80 permanent jobs in Worcester. Overall, the company expects to create nearly 1,000 jobs within the state as a result of the deal. Richard Grandish, who’s worked in the intermodal field for more than 40 years and is currently focused on a Florida-CSX rail deal similar to the transaction in Massachusetts, says while the numbers may be there, they’re not “new” jobs, and they’re certainly not stable. “You will see some job growth in your local region, but a lot of it will be nothing more than job transfer from another part of the state,” he explains. Grandish adds that it’s not the freight yard that makes the jobs, but the distribution centers that pop up nearby – but those are easy to relocate once bigger, better and closer land to another distribution center becomes available. Flynn doesn’t see that happening. “Companies won’t relocate here because of [the yard expansion],” he says. He also believes many of the “new” jobs advertised for Worcester will just be transfers from the Allston yard. “People on the railroad drive 50 to 80 miles to work already,” he says, implying that if CSX workers are driving to Boston, they’ll keep their job and

drive to Worcester instead. But while many agree that the jobs angle shouldn’t be the selling point, there’s more debate around the economic spin-off. “It’s too difficult for any of us to read the economic tea leaves,” says Lauriat, but “it will benefit the Worcester area because usually when trade comes in, people follow.” “It should bring a lot of business to Worcester,” he says. “Possibly this could create its own little business environment.” Rich Rydant of the Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission sees opportunity in the increase of intermodal movement in the city. “When you see these trucks, you’re observing our economy at work,” he says. “It’ll be useful to increasing business opportunities in the surrounding area.” But Flynn isn’t as impressed. He thinks the spin-off will be minimal, limited to truckers and CSX workers stopping for coffee. “My experience tells me that the truckers are going to want to get in and get out,” he offers. But he does admit, “Worcester does need a shot in the arm. This does open up some doors.” Bob Sullivan, a spokesman for CSX contends that evidence shows this deal will spur development. “Both national and Massachusetts-specific studies show that commuter rail spurs economic development, both by creating a faster, more efficient connection between workers and employers and by catalyzing jobs, retail and housing,” he writes via email. Sullivan uses the state’s more recent South Coast Rail purchase (another deal involving CSX-owned tracks) as proof: “A recentlycompleted study on the South Coast Rail project estimates that nearly a half a billion dollars a year in new economic activity will result from restoring commuter rail to Fall River and New Bedford.” He also notes that the state will benefit from the move of their intermodal hub, especially now that CSX’s trains will carry double the freight, “increase[ing] the ability of local employers to ship and receive products more efficiently and can lead to less congestion on the Commonwealth’s highways.” THE SELLING POINT OF THE DEAL, in the minds of top state officials including Lt. Governor Tim Murray, is the increase in commuter rail service. Starting in 2012, the state says the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) will double the number of commuter trains running between Worcester and Boston as it takes control of the dispatching away from CSX, providing up to 12 more departures and adding them during peak hours. It sounds great, but those additional trains are no more guaranteed than their arrival times. “The MBTA is already capitally constrained and physically constrained in Boston,” says Flynn, who adds the worst-case scenario would be if “the trains don’t come.” “If you’re going to have commuter trains, you’ve got to figure out why people are going to ride them,” he says. The MBTA’s own statistics, from February 2008, show that it hasn’t been figured out, at least not in Worcester. Despite being the only train station in the state’s secondlargest city, Union Station only ranks 27th of the 131 commuter-rail stops in the number of inbound boardings

on a typical weekday. With an operating debt of somewhere around $5 billion, many believe the MBTA can’t take on more financial losses, which would be bound to happen especially as the freight traveling down the rails is limited by the state. Flynn notes that the state would now own all these railroad tracks, but there’d be little private business on them with CSX now circumventing Boston and trucking in their freight directly to Worcester, whittling away more profits for the state. “The economics just aren’t there,� says Flynn. “We agree with the need for more trains between Worcester and Boston,� says Bonin, but he couples that with “we don’t see the need to move Beacon Yard out [to Worcester].� “I hope Tim Murray’s vision plays out,� says Flynn on the expanded commuter rail, but he adds that vision relies on “tak[ing] people out of their cars, put[ing] them on trains and open[ing] up the roads to trucks.� But Rydant disagrees. “Freight often is hand-in-hand with passenger development,� he counters.

THE QUESTIONS THAT ALWAYS LINGER WITH RAIL YARD EXPANSIONS ARE THE IMPACTS ON THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE ADJACENT RESIDENTS’ HEALTH. And since this expanded freight yard will be smack in the middle of the city, plenty of residents could be at risk of inhaling some known irritants. CSX has yet to file a National Energy Act compliance with the state’s Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA), but company and state officials have met and, according to an EOEEA spokesperson, “one will be forthcoming.� After that, the state will decide if more information would be necessary through an Environmental Impact Report. A Massachusetts Department of Transportation spokesman says CSX is in a similar situation with its

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Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act filing: “CSX has not filed with MEPA yet for this project. We anticipate that the project will require MEPA, and they are working to prepare the necessary filings.� CSX does pay attention to its environmental impact: They limit their engine idling and the company’s “Trees for Tracks� program plants a tree for every mile of track they lay down. A large chunk of the $23 million mitigation fund that it’s paying the city will go towards facelifting local parks. But after a huge increase in diesel emissions from locomotives and truck traffic, the city’s air quality should be a concern. In California, the state’s Environmental Protection Agency created the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to specifically look at diesel emissions, and in 1998 recognized diesel exhaust as a “toxic air contaminant� (TAC). In looking at the “thousands of gases, vapors and fine particles,� CARB wrote that “emissions from diesel-fueled engines currently include over 40 substances that are listed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) and by CARB as TACs.� Some of these pollutants include arsenic, benzene, formaldehyde and other chemicals

All aboard at Union Station difficult to correlate between cities, so that, when inhaled over time, have the Holmes wasn’t able to speak specifically potential to cause cancer. about Worcester. He did, however, say that “In California, diesel particulate matter represents 70 percent of all air toxic risks,� generally speaking, with a mix of older says CARB manager Harold Holmes. “It’s a CSX locomotives, along with older MBTA locomotives still running as commute-rail pretty significant pollutant for us.� carriers, “you’ve got potentially some very So much so that the state has set a goal to reduce their diesel particulate matter by high emission levels.� (The state recently signed a deal that will replace the MBTA’s 85 percent by the year 2020. 20 oldest engines with brand new ones While CARB has made a name for scheduled to start running in 2013.) itself calculating diesel particulate matter CSX has worked on acquiring Genset issues in California (and even other parts engines, “the Prius of locomotives,� of the country), the studies’ findings are %HDQLPSRUWDQWSDUWRIDQHPHUJHQF\UHVSRQVHWHDPDVDQ



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transaction was carried out. according to Brian Urbaszewski, the Florida’s Department of Transportation director of environmental health programs and CSX have recently agreed to a deal for the Respiratory Health Association of very similar to the one in Massachusetts Metro Chicago. Chicago is the largest rail – Florida wants to buy about 60 miles of hub in the country, and CSX operates a CSX-owned track for commuter rail, which large intermodal freight yard in the city. would relocate the company to a bigger Genset engines were designed for use and newly constructed intermodal freight in California, a state with some of the strictest clean-air laws. STEVEN KING They are 80 percent cleaner and use half the amount of fuel as the standard, but this isn’t yet commonplace around the country. Ubaszewski counts about 200 of them in use, mostly in California, Texas and Chicago. While freight trains are regarded as a cleaner method of shipping goods around the country, it’s really only the case when the trains are traveling. For Ubaszewski, Gensets are all well and good, but the real problem comes from “switcher” engines – the ones that stay in the rail yard to move cars around. “Those tend to be a lot older,” says Ubaszewski, who calls them “clunkers” and “incredibly dirty.” They also run constantly. Since many of them use water in the CSX Engines ride the rails into Worcester radiator instead of antifreeze, they have to stay on to prevent freezing. Holmes yard in a different town. Although the also singles them out as a major cause of Florida transaction has found itself stuck pollution in and near rail yards. recently, the proposed purchase price down Genset switcher engines have recently there was about $650 million – or about become available, but no word yet from CSX if it plans to use them in its Worcester $10.5 million per mile of track. Conversely, Massachusetts’ deal with CSX will only yard. cost about $1.5 million per mile. WITH CSX’S EXPANDED FUTURE IN “You got the better deal,” says Grandish, WORCESTER STILL TO BE SEEN, IT’S giving credit to Massachusetts Department CLEAR THE IMMEDIATE WINNERS ARE of Transportation’s secretary Jeffrey CSX AND THE CITY OF BOSTON. Mullan. “You kind of gave Florida’s Harvard gets to build on CSX’s Allston government a black eye in the process.” yard university, and Flynn says high-end But even if Worcester got a good deal condos will pop up there as well. from CSX, that’s little consolation to “Massachusetts’ mentality is we Flynn. want white-collar, high-rent types of “I think it was fair for what they development,” he says, adding that Boston charged, but too much for us to buy,” he has been trending away from big industry. says. CSX gets the state to pay $25 million It’s clear though that CSX’s move to for raising about 14 bridges west of Worcester is more than a local issue, and Westboro, Mass., allowing them to double some of those contacted about this story stack its trains – essentially doubling its relished the opportunity to talk about how shipping output while using the same this multi-million dollar deal has a larger amount of resources. impact than the closing of Putnam Lane. Lauriat calls this a “big improvement “It’s a mixed bag about what this will over Allston” for CSX. “The idea is [CSX] do,” says Lauriat on how this will affect will have full double stack into Worcester. the international trade and shipping That’s pretty good.” industry. If anything though, the same Grandish, while dismissing CSX and the phrase could be used to sum up its impact state’s deal as little more than effective on Worcester too. lobbying by the freight company, does have some compliments for the way the

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Creative Laundry Day is an extension of Art in the Park, and the community is invited to get in on the action. Saori Worcester Weaving Studio, artist Susan Champeny, the Worcester Arts Council, the

Worcester Art Museum, and the Worcester Center for Crafts all will guide the creation of a unique neighborhood art event: a sixhour art installation by children, adults and community members who live in the area or are visiting the park that day. Worcester Arts Council member Ellen Ganley says the event “compliments Art in the Park in that it reinforces the idea that art is not something to be feared or experienced from afar.” Rather, it’s a chance to “allow anyone to become an artist, to explore their creative side – it allows everyday people to experience art, quite literally, hands on.” Susan Champeny, who is both an organizer of Creative Laundry Day and a participating artist, agrees that the point of the day is to allow the community to play an active role in the artistic process; to give people who might not go to museums or galleries the






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chance to “interact with art in their own environment and on their own terms.” That environment will be at the entrance of Elm Park at the corner of Russell and Elm streets, allowing participants to come and go as they please. The day’s activities will also be encouraging and accessible to “all ages and stages,” Champeny says. The activities will be led by Creative Laundry Day’s supporters and will include creating totem poles made of laundry bottles with Susan Champeny Art Studio, hand weaving and paper dyeing with Saori Worcester Weaving Studio, constructing draperies of paper and plastic chains with The Worcester Center for Crafts, and making word lines with the Worcester Art Museum. Events like this hold tremendous benefits Champeny says, particularly for children. “Kids often get to make kid art, but they are not fooled, they know it isn’t ‘real’. This is different. Kids work with the same materials as adults, they all participate. Children are not the only ones reaping the benefits. “It levels the playing field not just for children, but for seniors and people of different languages and cultures, different abilities and challenges. They all get the experience of making something together,” Champeny says. Candace Casey of the Worcester Center for Crafts also stresses the benefits of engaging the community in a project like this. “Joy comes in the making and the tangibility of holding something in your hands that you created. The laughter, camaraderie, and energy of children and adults working together are beneficial to everyone,” Casey says. But where does a name like Creative Laundry come from? While brainstorming with Saori Worcester, Champeny explains, “We latched onto the idea of letting it all hang out, and with that, the wonderful triple-deckers Worcester has, with their WPI designed umbrella style laundry racks, we knew we had something,” she says. That is what Creative Laundry Day is all about. The chance to collaborate and bring Art in the Park to life, the chance to build up the community, and the chance for any and every individual to let their creativity hang out. Creative Laundry Day. Help Create a Sculpture for Elm Park. Friday, August 13, 9 a.m. — 3 p.m. (Rain Date: Friday, August 20).

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The Femme Show comes to the Lucky Dog Doreen Manning

The Femme Show is a dance performance. No, wait, The Femme Show is a comedy skit. Well, that’s not 100 percent right either. How about this: The Femme Show is a combination of dance, comedy, cabaret, burlesque, drag, spoken word, a show of solos and an ensemble cast all blended into one entertaining and socially witty variety show. Yeah, that’s about right.

stop on the Lucky Dog stage on Saturday, August 14. �Not all of us identify as femme, or as women, but we all deal with gender and femininity in our art, and therefore we are challenging not just mainstream society, but also mainstream LGBT/queer culture,� explains Crowley. �For me, one of the most important things we do, especially on tour, is put a spotlight

The Femme Show premiered in Jamaica Plain, Mass., in fall 2007, and was founded by Maggie Crowley (also known as Maggie Cee). Aiming to create a show that challenged audiences to question their assumptions about gender and sexual orientation, the rotating cast of up to 12 artists is currently taking its show on the road – with a


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static but an encompassing queer femme force. For me, being queer and femme are labels of empowerment and resistance to expectations of a gender and sexuality as a trans woman. It’s how I feel totally badass and connect with other badasses in heels and glitter.� As artistic director, Crowley pulls this eclectic group of performers together as if an artist-driven variety show. “Almost everyone in the show has a solo piece that we rehearse on our own. We also have ensemble pieces and pieces where other artists have walk on roles,� shares Crowely. “We meet to rehearse as a group before shows and give each other feedback. The best part about this process is how we push each other to grow as artists.� The Worcester stop is the first in a late-summer, east-coast tour for The Femme Show – the longest tour yet for this group of femme fatales. Upon their return, the troupe will work on new material in time for its fourth-annual New Show in Cambridge on October 7 and 8. Until then, check out this fantastic, funny and socially challenging group at The Femme Show at Lucky Dog Lounge, 89 Green Street, Worcester. Saturday, August 14, Worcester, Mass., 3 p.m., $7.

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When she hawked costume jewelry on QVC? When she ragged on the stars’ gowns at the Academy Awards? Or more recently, when she beat back the challenges of a bunch of Z-list celebs to win Celebrity Apprentice? It’s a safe bet that, for most, Joan Rivers has always just sort of been there, hovering around the fringes of popularity, saying things that others were afraid to say publicly, never quite becoming the headliner she’d dreamed. And yet Rivers laid the groundwork for Sarah Silverman, Kathy Griffin and a host of other female comics who have infiltrated the boys’ comedy club with great success. The scope of her impact is brought to light in Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, which is also, coincidentally, her bravest piece of work. The documentary opens with shots of Rivers removing the makeup

on her 75-year-old face, which has been stretched and plumped by so many plastic surgeries that her features are virtually feline. She knows this, doesn’t shy away from it, and in fact opens herself up so completely to the camera that the film takes on the air of one of those oh-whatthe-hell memoirs penned by someone with nothing left to hide. If you didn’t already know that show-biz is a bitch, then you certainly gain an appreciation for it by following Rivers through the crests and troughs of her career — from her earliest days on the club circuit to the present, where she still races from gig to gig, petrified the next one will be her last. Rivers admits her greatest fear is an empty calendar. She’s been through it all: blacklisted by Carson after she jumped to Fox to host her own talk show. Left bankrupt by her manager/husband Edgar Rosenberg, who committed suicide. Falling in and out of favor with public tastes, while competing against an army of younger comics. If you thought that by now Rivers can afford to coast — forget it. She keeps meticulous files of the thousands of jokes she’s delivered over the years, and she tinkers with her act right up until the moment she bursts onstage. The voice is still smoker-raspy, the material blue. And you don’t want to heckle her. When the father of a deaf child chastises Rivers for making a Helen Keller joke, she lashes back at him with a furious defense of the gag that not only quiets the man, but brings the audience into her corner. Smart lady. A roast of Rivers on Comedy Central is, as expected, supremely uncomfortable to watch. Going in, Rivers knows the plastic surgery and old-age jokes are going to fly, and that some will sting. Her tormentors satisfy all her expectations, and more. But that’s the game: in this case she gets as good as she gives. As long as all those white boxes on her calendar are penciled in, who really gives a damn anyway?

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The undependables The Expendables D+ David Wildman

First a disclaimer: due to circumstances beyond my control I was sent to the wrong movie theater for this preview, and missed the first twenty minutes. That said, I think I can reasonably make the case that it didn’t matter. Even in the unlikely occurrence the opening scenes of The Expendables were pure genius, it wouldn’t change the fact that rest of the film is a standard genre exercise, with an impressive cast in the service of a script that makes violent love to every cliché it’s ever met. Stallone has played his share of expressionless action heroes, but he’s also proved his mettle as a dramatic performer/writer/director. Jason Statham gets saddled with a lot of bonehead roles, but in The Bank Job he proved he has decent range given a subtle script. Jet Li doesn’t act much, but he’s an undeniably appealing presence. With a promising cast in hand, Stallone makes the poor choice of building his story on a hackneyed teamof-tough-guys premise that has already been used twice this summer, and to better effect: The Losers, in which Jeffery Dean Morgan hit just the right tone, and the remake of The A-Team which, while ridiculous as you’d expect, was at least a bit, well, fun. There are a lot of attempts at humor in The Expendables, most as heavy handed as the action scenes. The bromance Stallone tries to kindle between himself as Barney Ross, leader of the mercenary crew, and Statham as a knife killer with the preposterous name Lee Christmas is such textbook testosterone stuff that it never rises above awkward contrivance. Li, saddled with the equally ridiculous name Yin Yang is a little more interesting because he gets to act weird and silly. Dolph Lundgren, once Rocky’s badass Russian nemesis, is team member Gunner Jenson, even worse of a screwed up sociopath

than the others. Barney cans him and he goes and joins the enemy, calling them all cockroaches as he nevertheless does their bidding. There’s also Mickey Rourke as Tool, a sort of swami presence who nearly bites off the bottom of the screen in an excruciating ill-conceived close up rant about how he’s lost his soul because of all the dudes he’s killed. Oh, and Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis deign to do a quickie scene. Don’t go out for popcorn or you’ll miss them.

Okay, so redemption is the theme here and this collection of certified nut cases seek it by doing a job for the CIA, tasked to take out a corrupt dictator of a fictional banana republic. But they soon find out things are really under the control of an evil CIA operative who has taken over the drug business, and the whole thing was meant to be a suicide mission. There is a hot village babe, of course (Giselle Itie), and she gives the stock speech about how white men came and spoiled the land, or whatever. Anyway, she gets kidnapped and all the other Expendables follow Barney into a rescue mission where they use their big guns, bombs and lethal knives to righteously kill absolutely everybody and blow up half the Southern Hemisphere, all without receiving a scratch themselves. Call me a prude, but the violence in this film done at the hands of the “good guys” is disturbing. People are stabbed in the throat, blown apart like human confetti, disemboweled and so on. It’s difficult to laugh along with characters displaying such brutality. And to make it worse, although Stallone apparently made it a matter of pride that they do their own stunts so it would look real, this is rendered moot by the jerky, shaky cam he shoots it all with, giving the action scenes the unreal blurred effect of a strobe light, or a 3-D movie seen without glasses. In the end, the film itself proves expendable. AUGUST 12, 2010 • WORCESTERMAG.COM





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Everyone deserves a reliable neighborhood spot – and even though malls may have replaced neighborhoods in some ways, that needn’t mean the end of neighborhood-style establishments. Lakeside Bar & Grille can be found in the same Route 9 shopping center as Trader Joe’s and Petco, but this is no chain restaurant. It’s a one-of-a-kind place, serving honest, home-style cooking at great prices to an appreciative audience. Lakeside’s single room frames a large

and handsome bar, and will please those who like to watch a game while they eat. The bar area is dominated by three large TVs and a Keno machine, while darkish décor and sports memorabilia add character to the dining areas alongside the bar. An outdoor seating area, set apart from the parking lot by a high white fence, offers an alternative: music selections from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s waft down over six tables with umbrellas. On a Monday night, both spaces are filled to capacity. Wachusett Blueberry Ale is refreshing on a warm summer night, as is a crispy Stella Artois lager ($4.25 each). There’s full bar service, and a few basic wines by the glass and bottle as well. Fried calamari, often handled poorly, is a good test of any kitchen, and Lakeside passes with flying colors ($8.95). The squid is perfectly tender and crisp, prepared Rhode Island style with garlic, banana peppers and a bit of chili heat. It features a nice balance between rings and tentacles, a light hand with the batter, and no greasiness. The marinara sauce served on the side is exemplary – thick and slightly sweet, yet fresh-tasting.

It’s hard to pass up a nightly special of chicken wings in four styles for just 25 cents per piece. The Buffalo version is crisp and just spicy enough, served with ranch dressing. We’re impressed by the size and quality of the plump, juicy segments, and barely resist the temptation to try the other flavors. A wide range of sandwiches is on offer – a veal parmigiana sandwich ($9.95) delivers thin, crisp, good-quality veal with mozzarella and a dab of red sauce on a toasted Italian roll. The sandwich would be better with a little more sauce and cheese, but it’s satisfying nonetheless. The onion strings on the side are the best I’ve ever had – ethereally thin and crisp, not at all greasy, perfectly browned. Bravo to the person at the fryer! Roast chicken dinner is another nightly special. The generously sized half-chicken

{ recommended} Trumbull Bar & Grill 117 Main St., Spencer 508-885-6901 In a market crowded with pub-style clones and chains, Trumbull Bar & Grill is refreshing. Clean, friendly, and skilled at producing hearty home-cooked meals, Trumbull’s will make you glad you came. All the pub standards are available as well at rock-bottom prices (like fresh boneless pork chops with two sides). It is a nice piece of Americana on Spencer’s Main Street, USA.

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is perfectly roasted: crisp skin, succulent dark meat, white meat still moist and tender. This isn’t a chicken that was fully cooked ahead, but rather one that was finished to order, and it shows. The mashed potatoes are just like mom makes, if you’re lucky: slightly lumpy and buttery, with bits of skin and flecks of parsley—they’re terrific. A large pile of green beans is also perfect: al dente, with just a touch of butter and seasoning. This dinner is home-style cooking at its best – and at $8.95, an incredible bargain. There’s even a slab of jellied cranberry sauce. Service is informal and occasionally lacking, but good-natured and appealing all the same. After all, the place is filling up with regulars, and they’re keeping the staff hopping. And why wouldn’t they? Dinner for two, before drinks and tip, comes to just about $30. Have you ever wished for a reliable neighborhood spot – one where you can grab a good burger and some beers during the Sox game, a satisfying bowl of pasta, or maybe a plate of nachos after softball? Lakeside Bar & Grille could be the answer, whether you’re in their neighborhood or not.

cuisine. Serving up lots of noodles, as well as beef, chicken, pork, shrimp and tofu, as well as a few stir-fry dishes for Chinese food fans, Anh Thu is cheap — but good — food, in a no-frills atmosphere. Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sundays, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. BYOB. The Red Lantern 235 Shrewsbury St., Worcester 508-795-0500 The Red Lantern offers the staples that have made Polynesian restaurants an integral part of the American scene for so long. Also offered are enticing, less-common dishes sure to revive the appetite of area diners. Fresh, varied dishes make The Red Lantern truly “Polynesian”; and served in their clean, open facility downtown, Worcester will find it convenient and pleasing. Open seven days to midnight; Monday through Saturday lunch buffet; Sunday dinner buffet, 5-8.


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The Webster House Restaurant 1 Webster St., Worcester 508-757-7208 Patrons are treated like family at The Webster House. The bountiful menu includes beef, chicken, seafood, vegetarian and Greek specialties, with a home-cooked taste straight from your Yia-yia’s kitchen. A number of international and domestic wines are flagged by which meals they complement best. Each month, The Webster House features selections from a different international cuisine. Be sure to leave room for a slice of homemade pie or baklava cheesecake.

Quinsigamond Village. The moderately priced, mostly Mediterranean menu includes some of the best hummus in Worcester, staples like chicken Parmesan and fish & chips and gourmet pizza, with such entertaining names as Texan (steak, mushroom and onion) and the Golden Greek (locanico sausage and peppers). A respectable wine list and homemade desserts top off a tasty dinner out.

Val’s Restaurant and Pizza Palace 75 Reservoir Road, Holden 508-829-0900 Val’s Restaurant and Pizza Palace is the perfect stop for families looking for a wide variety of familiar seafood, beef, chicken and pasta entrees, plus pizza and burgers, at budget-friendly prices. The service can’t be beat, and you might be surprised by the recipes and presentation. Porto Bello 156 Shrewsbury St., Worcester 508-753-9865 For more than a decade, Shrewsbury Street’s Porto Bello has served up classic Italian fare in an uncontrived, paper-napkin style. Evocative of North End Boston, it’s an atmosphere without too much preciousness. Four pages of menu offerings rarely stray from the rule on Italian cuisine. Entrée highlights include various seafood and meats with pesto, mascarpone, scampi and cream sauces; four raviolis (Maine lobster, lemon basil, roasted eggplant, and Porto Bello mushroom); and the classic marinara with sausage and/or meatballs, and lasagna. The Belfry Restaurant 59 Blackstone River Road, Worcester 508-751-5040 The Belfry Restaurant is definitely worth a visit, a renovated church standing at the fork of Greenwood Street and Blackstone River Road and tucked behind Route 146, in the middle of growing

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Street Beat

Join host Anne Marie Lucci for Street Beat Poetry Thursday on August 12. Author and poet Eve Rifkah will read from her book “Dear Suzanne,” a collection of prose poems centering on the life and lessons of Suzanne Valadon – best known as the model for the artist Renoir. Rifkah will be offering books for sale and signing them after the feature. Open mic precedes the feature poet and as always the break features coffee and homemade baked goods on the house. Free. 7-9 p.m. Vasa Hall, First Floor Performance Space, 1 Ekman St. 508-479-7574 or wcpa.


You can’t loose when checking out Worcester World Cup 2010 which runs August 13 -15 at Foley Stadium, 305 Chandler St., Worcester. The WWC began five years ago with the goals of bringing immigrant communities together to celebrate, work together on projects that will improve our City and communities, and to develop a stronger collective voice. The WWC has grown into more than just a soccer tournament, expanding into a full family oriented event; This year’s tournament has expanded to two and a half-days. The WWC hosts 20 Worcester immigrantbased teams, 350 players, and hundreds of fans. International flavor is supplied through international music and authentic food vendors from Ghana, Mexico, Uruguay, China, Jamaica, Ecuador and many others. Past years teams have included Albania, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ghana, Guatemala, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Macedonia, Senegal, Togo, and USA. Plus children’s games, moonbounce, skill-building, family entertainment. $4 for weekend. Under



women’s softball

Some of the top players in women’s softball will be in town during the U.S. All-Star and Dynasty 6 Weekend, which happens on Friday, August 13. The U.S. Professional All-Stars is a team comprised of current and former U.S. National Team players, U.S. Futures Team players, former college All-Americans and national champions. The All Stars compete during the festival weekends against top women’s teams from around the country, international teams, teams of college all-stars and possibly in fall tournaments against college teams. $5 - $15. 7-10 p.m. College of the Holy Cross: Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field, 1 College St. 410-472-3500.

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Take a full day to celebrate the 78 species of butterflies at Broad Meadow Brook’s urban wildlife sanctuary during the

members of the Massachusetts Butterfly Club. Raindate: Sunday, August 15 $5 Mass Audubon Adult Members, $5 Adult NM, $5 Child Members, $5 Child NM. 3+, $20 family max. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mass Audubon: Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, 414 Massasoit Ave. 508-7536087.

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Cheesburger in Paradise on Saturday, August 14. Come dressed in your best Hawaiian clothes for an evening of dancing, a limbo contest, and raffles. Themed music and entertainment will be provided by the Randy and Dave Show. Enjoy delicious specialty burgers provided by First Night of Uxbridge. All attendees will receive a free Hawaiian lei and you could walk away with the prize for the best outfit of the evening. $5. 7 p.m.-midnight Singletary Rod & Gun Club, 300 Sutton Ave, Oxford. 508-476-1855.

Armenian summer

On Sunday, August 15 celebrate all things Armenian at the Armenian Picnic. Stop by for delectable shish kebob, chicken kebob, losh kebob and kheyma. Listen to Armenian music by DJ Shaheen. Plus face painting, backgammon tournament and the Annual Blessing of the Grapes. Free. noon-5 p.m. Armenian Apostolic Holy Trinity Church, 635 Grove St. 508-8522414.

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Barbara J. Walker Butterfly Festival on Saturday, August 14. Flutter in for music, games, butterfly crafts, tours of the butterfly garden, and butterfly walks and talks led by Broad Meadow Brook naturalists and

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as they swim around you and munch on lily pads. Wood ducks, bullfrogs, and kingfishers may keep us company too. This program will include periods of quiet observation in an ecologically sensitive habitat and is recommended for families with children ages 10 and older. Canoes, paddles, and PFDs are provided. To register call 978.464.2712. $8 Adult Members, $12 NM; $5 Child Members, $8 NM. 7-8:30 p.m. Mass Audubon: Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 113 Goodnow Road, Princeton.

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Holy Name Wind Turbine Fest on Wednesday, August 18 is an invitation to learn about Holy Name’s success with wind power and other wind power projects being planned in Massachusetts. People of all ages are welcome for this night of fun and education. Feel free to contact Mass Energy at 800-287-3950 with any additional questions. Free. 6-8 p.m. Holy Name Central Catholic Junior Senior High School, 144 Granite St. 508-753-6371.

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The Worcester Sharks and DCU Center are joining together to host a Blood Drive on

Friday, August 20 from 10a.m. to 4p.m. in the Convention Center lobby with the support of the American Red Cross. All presenting donors will receive a voucher for a pair of tickets to a 2010-2011 Worcester Sharks Regular Season Home Game! Donors are strongly encouraged to schedule a convenient appointment by calling the American Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS or by visiting . Donors should enter the Convention Center at Door #2 on Major Taylor Blvd. Limited curbside parking will be available for donors. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. DCU CenterArena and Convention Center, Convention Center Lobby - Door #2, 50 Foster St. Call 508-755-6800 or visit

shaken, not stirred Celebrate all things cool with James Bond

Night Cabaret with Niki Luparelli, Dan Burke, and the Speakeasy Combo on Saturday, August 21. It’s a James Bond Party! Songs from all Bond movies, plus songs from the golden Bond era! Come on out, Secret Agent Man! Dress as your favorite Bond Character or just come undercover! No Cover, but it is oh so hip to tip!. 8:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. Call 508-753-4030.

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Calling all basketball obsessed young ladies in grades 3-6! Come hone your skills Mondays and Wednesdays in August from 6-8 p.m. at the Flagg St. School (outside courts). Learn fun drills and get in shape for the season to come! For more information contact Stacey Dumas at or Tony Smith at

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music >Thursday 12 Elm Park Concert 2010 Series. Valvatross. Sponsored by Park Spirit of Worcester With Generous support By Becker College, Elm Park Hot Dogs, The Benjamin Insurance Agency, South High Community Service Learning, WCRN 830 AM and the Telegram & Gazette Elm Park, Highland St. and Park Ave. Wendels & Jon Jaffes. Tammany Hall, 43 Pleasant St. 508753-7001. Crazy Dave and Farley!. Downstairs Bar at Ralph’s. 4-8 p.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Billy Goodspeed Plays Buffett. Outdoors on the patio. $5 Margarita Special! No cover. 6-9 p.m. Dark Horse Tavern, 12 Crane St., Southbridge. 508-764-1100. Mister Vic. Mister Vic performs LIVE for families every Thursday night this summer at Great Brook Farms! Singing, Dancing, and lots of Family fun! 8 per family. $8. 6-7:30 p.m. Great Brook Farms Cafe, 356 Main St., Bolton. 978-779-6680 or Summer Concert Series on the Plaza. Join us for the summer concert series, featuring a different band every week! August 12: Ramainz FREE. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Alternatives Unlimited, Inc., Alternatives Community Plaza, 50 Douglas Road, Whitinsville. 508-266-6502 or Chris Reddy Acoustic Loops from Hell. 7-10 p.m. Devens Grill, 4 Ryans Way, Devens. 978-862-0060. Open Mic Night W/ Bill McCarthy. 7:30-11:30 p.m. Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, 120 Charlton Road, Sturbridge. 508-347-0174. In~Dispute. Dueling acoustic guitars, base player and drummer are sure to please all... FREE. 8 p.m.-midnight Halligan’s Sports Bar and More, 889 Southbridge St., Auburn. 508-832-6793. Music collective hosted by Perry Bakalos of the trio Smoke N Mirrors. He and his gang of guests will cook up some great music right on our stage. jblsmokenmirrors. Dinner is served until 5-9pm. Reservations accepted. After Dark menu, desserts and cocktails until closing. 978-567-0948 no cover, pass the hat for performers. 8-10 p.m. Harvest Café, 40 Washington St., Hudson. 978-567-0948. College Night - 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Irish Times / Rehab, 244 Main St. 508-797-9599. Open Mic Jam. All players and singers are welcome! FREE. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Mill Street Brews (@ The Artist Development Complex), 18 Mill St., Southbridge. 508-764-6900. Flock Of A-Holes With Lesser Known Contender And Don’t Forget To Breathe. $7. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or Flock-of-Aholes/127019150125. The Smile Makers & Dave Magario. 8:30-11:30 p.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877. 18+ College Thursdays. The Canal District’s 18+ College Dance Party Weekly Theme Parties with TONS of Prizes and Giveaways! DJ Nick & DJ U-Kno Blazin the BEST! 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508-756-2100 or find them on facebook. Audio Wasabi. Brian Chaffee offers up a different musical theme every week. check for this weeks theme! Free. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Gardner Ale House, 74 Parker St., Gardner. 978-669-0122 or Jim Devlin Band. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Cigar Masters, 1 Exchange Place. 508-459-9035. Jo Jo The Burlesque Poetess at 9pm, then The Slomski Brothers Traveling show!. No Cover!. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Sticky at The Dive Bar. Established in the year 2000, Sticky was forged out of necessity. Michael and Jeremy were in the throws of running a nightclub in Killington, Vermont and were constantly writing songs about their trials and tribulations concerning anything from fatigue to heartache, and abuse of all kinds. Jonas Kahn entered the scene and helped shape these ideas and sketches into well-crafted songs. From there the three formed a bond that is nothing short of a brotherhood and have made it a mission to spread the songs to all. 21+ Freebie. 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Dive Bar, 34 Green St. Thursday Night is 18+ Night @ LC’s Lounge W/ CAVAN & Guest D.J.’s Every Week. Under 21 $5 21+ FREE. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. LC’s Lounge Live Music / Karaoke, 287 Main St. 508-926-8844. DJ B Pluff. Come and listen to music that you want to hear..... Great dance and party atmosphere No Cover. 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. The Days End, 287 Main St., Oxford. Jay Graham Live!. Free. 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Funky Murphy’s. Metal Thursday C (100th show): Blistered Earth (one time only reunion), Shroud of Bereavement, Soul Remnants, Sarcomancy. 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Andy Cummings Live. $3. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Hooligan’s, 29 Blossom St., Fitchburg. 508-272-5092. James Keyes. 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439.

>Friday 13 Out To Lunch: Summer Concert Series. AfterBurner-US Air Force Band of Liberty’s Rock Afterburner is the United States Air Force Band of Liberty’s high energy rock band. The members of this versatile group are all active duty military and are based out of Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts. Free. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Worcester City Hall Common, Front St. 508-799-1400, ext. 252 or Peanut Butter & Jam in the Park-Millbury Sutton Community Summer Band. Our own local musicians, led by Millbury High’s Dan Ferreira will present a showcase of Broadway showtunes, swing and dance favorites, and more. Bring a blanket or chair, and your lunch. Better yet, support our local sandwich shops downtown. Order from one of them! Rain location: Elm Draught House Cinema, 35 Elm Street. Free. noon-1 p.m. Asa Waters Mansion, 123 Elm St., Millbury. 508-865-3477. Crazy Dave and Farley! Downstairs Bar at Ralph’s. 4-8 p.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Ron Robuccio. 5:30-10 p.m. Black Sheep Tavern, 261

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Thursday August 12 at when the bluegrass duo The Smile Makers and Dave Magario return to Beatnik’s. “I’m still performing solo but I have been working on getting a band together with some fantastic musicians from around the Worcester scene,” says Magario. If you want more Magario, then you can also check out his latest project, a video series of his last performance at Beatnik’s, which he is currently releasing on YouTube and will release fully on iTunes when it is completed. Don’t spend Friday the 13th alone, spend it skanking with five-piece ska group Mack the Knife who will play along with Bonfire Bandit, Go!, The Clozapines and more. “Lately we’ve been working on some songs inspired by ska and Latin rhythms, and songs that feature the horns prominently. On August 13 we’ll be playing at least one song that nobody’s heard and probably a couple that most people haven’t heard yet. And they will rocket you off your butt and on your feet!” says singer Cha-Cha Connor. Take a well-worth drive down Route 9 to the Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham to catch a unique performance by Roy Book Binder with Tom Smith opening. Book Binder sings the blues, picks his guitar and intersperses his soulful songs with stories of great bluesmen and other interesting folks he has met in his travels. Head to the

Hanover Theatre on Saturday August 14 to see a local rising star, Debora Dias perform “An Evening of Inspiring Music”. Dias is a powerful vocalist and a thoughtful songwriter who specializes in worship-based Christian music. The concert is also the premiere of her album, “Satisfied”, which features 11 original songs. AUGUST 12, 2010 • WORCESTERMAG.COM


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Leominster Road, Sterling. 978-422-8484. Bill McCarthy. Band Free. 7-11 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Dan Kirouac with guest guitarist Steve Caisse. free. 7-11 p.m. Twohey’s Tavern at King Phillip Restaurant, 35 State Road, Athol. 978-249-6300. Jazzed Up Fridays at Union Station. Mauro DePasquale, Joe D’Angelo, John Dollar Murzycki and guest artist. Playing American Songbook gems in a great location. no cover. 7-10:30 p.m. Luciano’s Cotton Club, 2 Washington Square. 508-755-6408. Outdoor Concert with Cloud 9. If 20% or more chance of rain, event will be inside the VIP Lounge inside the Sturbridge Host, 8:30p.m. - 12:30a.m.. Free. 7-11 p.m. Oxhead Tavern, 366 Main St., Sturbridge. 508-347-7393. World of Wonders. A musical play by children for children $8. 7-9 p.m. Worcester County Light Opera Company, 21 Grandview Ave. 508-753-4383. Anthony Kass Acoustic Show. 8 p.m.-midnight Tino’s Pub, 102 Front St., Winchendon. 760-880-1438 or Live Acoustic. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Barbers Crossing (North), 175 Leominster Road, Sterling. 978-422-8438. Live Brazilian Music. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Pampas Churrascaria Restaurant, 145 E Central St. 508-757-1070. Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper. One of the premier bluegrass fiddlers of his generation, Michael Cleveland has won 7 IBMA Awards for “Fiddler of the Year,” and the group as a whole, with Flamekeeper, has won 3 IBMA Awards for “Instrumental Group of the Year.” This band is a highly energized traditional bluegrass band that will wear your audience out and leave them wanting more! $25 advance; $30 day of show. 8-11 p.m. Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 978-425-4311 or tickets. Roy Book Binder with Tom Smith opening. Roy Book Binder, is a Blues Singing, guitar picking, song writing raconteur, and has been for the past 40 years! $20 ($17 Members; $19 Students/Seniors). 8-11 p.m. Amazing Things Art Center, 160 Hollis St., Framingham. 508-405-2787 or Sally Sweitzer and the Gifthorse band play Second Friday’s at Harvest Cafe’. no cover, pass the hat for performers. 8-10 p.m. Harvest Café, 40 Washington St., Hudson. 978-567-0948. Scarlitt. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Tammany Hall, 43 Pleasant St. 508-7537001. Tom Yeates with the Workingman’s Band. Tom Yates - guitar & vocals, Rick Maida - bass, Mike Avery - drums. Trippin’ Through the 60’S with classic songs of the Woodstock Generation - Rockin’ country, blues, surf-rock, folk-rock, psych-rock. free. 8-11 p.m. Concord’s Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Square, Concord. 978-369-2373. Whiskey Chapel w/ Mercury Wings. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. The Raven, 258 Pleasant St. Seams To Reason, Seven Minute Stagger, Another Soldier Down, A Simple Complex.. $6. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or myspace. com/luckydogmusichall. Dick Kam Cd Release with Happy Little Toasters, Straight Angular & Everyday Mutiny. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Red Onion - Otter River Hotel, 29 Main St., Baldwinville. 978-939-7373. DJ Pete the Polock. Classic rock to the Blues. Large dance floor to shake it. Come see this Worcester legend. Free. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 3-G’s Sports Bar, The Music Room, 152 Millbury St. 508754-3516. Electric Barrelhouse. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. JJ’s Sports Bar and Grill, 380 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough. 508-842-8420. Fleury Bros. perform. Fleury Bros. return to the Ale House free. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Gardner Ale House, 74 Parker St., Gardner. 978-669-0122 or Friday The 13th Show At Ralph’s. Mack the Knife with Bonfire Bandit, Go!, The Clozapines, + guests! $7. 9 p.m.-2 a.m.



Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Gorilla Radio & Rare Breed. 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877. Jon Lacouture. Free. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Art’s Diner, West Boylston St. 352-895-8355. Ladies Night - Top 40 Dance Party. Our Top 40 Ladies Night Dance Party returns to Speakers! Ladies (and Gent’s) come in and dance the night away with the hottest DJ in the MetroWest Area DJ Bobby B!!! Free. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Speakers Night Club, 19 Weed St., Marlborough. 508-480-8222 or Live Music Friday Nights @ BOCADO. Pop Latino from 9p.m. Free 9-11 p.m. Bocado Tapas Wine Bar, 82 Winter St. 508797-1011 or Live Music in the Pub * The Great Whiskey Rebellion. To quote the band “Our music sounds like old-Time and Celtic music had a baby, who started dating a rock drummer during its rebellious stages, and ate a lot of falafel” 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Fiddlers’ Green Pub & Restaurant, 19 Temple St. 508-792-3700 or Pete the Polak, DJ. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 3-G’s Sports Bar, 152 Millbury St. 508-754-3516. Phantasia Fridays with DJ Tony-T. DJ Tony-T lights up the Fusion Dance Club spinning the HOTTEST Top 40, Mash-Ups and Hip Hop. Lounge opens at 9:00 pm - Dance Club opens at 10:30 pm. Coat Room available with attendant. No Cover Charge. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508-756-2100. Ray Hendricks Revival. Funk, soul and R&B! 21+ $5. 9 p.m.1 a.m. The Cannery, 12 Crane St., Southbridge. 508-764-1100. Ric Porter and the Sons of the Soil. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Hotel Vernon - The Ship Room/Kelley Square Yacht Club, 1 Millbury St. 508-363-3507. Sam James. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Victory Bar & Cigar, 56 Shrewsbury St. 508-756-4747. Sin City. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Classic’s Pub, 285 Central St., Leominster. 978-537-7750. The Bobby Gadoury Trio featuring Miss Trina Vargas!. No Cover!. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Touched - Classic Rock & 80’s Pop. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Sakura Tokyo, 640 Park Ave. 508-792-1078 or Mack the Knife, Go!, The Clozapines, Hello Ninja!. 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Willie and Babe. 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439.

>Saturday 14 DPR. Tammany Hall, 43 Pleasant St. 508-753-7001. Pico Canto live Jazz. Live Jazz featuring multi award winning musicians. Mauro DePaquale on Piano and vocals is joined by guest guitarist Joe D’Angelo or Peter DePasquale playing wonderful jazz classics mixed with originals. The 1790 House is a wonderful restaurant with plenty to offer and great music. No cover. 1790 House Rt 9, Westboro, 206 Boston Turnpike Route 9, Westborough. 508-366-1707. Electro-Lux Combo Live. Electro-Lux Combo will be appearing @ Vincents Bar on Suffolk St Worcester. Come down & marinate in your favorite cocktail while listening to 60’s instrumental rock like the Ventures, Link Wray & The Wailers. (Saturday August 14) 9:30-1:30 a.m. Vincent’s Bar, Vincents Bar, Suffolk St Worcester, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439. Lonestar in Concert at Indian Ranch. Lonestar in Concert at 2:00PM Digger Dawg opens. See website. 2-6 p.m. Indian Ranch, 200 Gore Road, Webster. 508-943-3871. The Femme Show. A smart, sexy, interactive performance for queers by queers. The Country’s only touring show exploring all aspects of femme identity and queer feminity. Featuring Johnny Blazes, Maggie Cee, Geppetta, M. Hanora, Rachel Kahn and Mylene St Pierre along with local guest artists! $7. 3-8 p.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-3631888 or Live Entertainment Hosted by “ Pichardo”. None unless specified. 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Canal Sports Pub, 177-179 Millbury St.

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508-304-7327 or Piano Under The Stars. Enjoy Mixer’s Patio....Featuring Bobby Gadoury on the Piano outside under the stars..... the music of Frank Sinatra and all the old favorites.... Every other Saturday starting June 27 6-10 p.m. Mixers Cocktail Lounge, 90 Harding St. 508762-9499 or find them on facebook. Outdoor Concert with The Whammy Bars. Outdoors by Cedar Lake! Inside the VIP Lounge 8:30 PM - 12:30 AM if raining. Free. 7-11 p.m. Oxhead Tavern, 366 Main St., Sturbridge. 508-347-7393. World of Wonders. A musical play by children for children $8. 7-9 p.m. Worcester County Light Opera Company, 21 Grandview Ave. 508-753-4383. Bill McCarthy and His Guitar. BadClownProductions. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Tavern on the Common, 249 Main St., Rutland. 508-886-4600. Dana Lewis Live!. Dana Lewis Live! Saturday Nights at Verona Grille, 81 Clinton St. (Rte 70) a mile north of Lincoln Plaza. Great Food, Full Bar, Lottery & Me. Playing the Greatest Hits of the 60’s to the 80’s. Come check it out. Free. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Verona Grille, 81 Clinton St., Shrewsbury. 508-853-9091 or myspace. 3 Swingin’ Tenors with Jim Rice. From their beautiful tributes to The Big Apple, the Mills Brothers, the songs of WWII and The Rat Pack, to musical impersonations of some of America’s most beloved entertainers. $20 ($17 Members; $19 Students/ Seniors). 8-11 p.m. Amazing Things Art Center, 160 Hollis St., Framingham. 508-405-2787 or . Come hear the music of Lisa Martin at Harvest Cafe’. Emotionally charged acoustic rock/alt country is Lisa Martin’s hallmark sound. Drawing on diverse influences spanning the last 3 decades, Martin’s music bridges the elements of folk, rock and country with a sprinkling of blues. Check her out lisamartinmusic no cover, pass the hat for performer. 8-10 p.m. Harvest Café, 40 Washington St., Hudson. 978-567-0948. Jon Lacouture. Free. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Brook’s Pub, Lincon st. Lisa Marie with the Workingman’s Band. no cover. 8-11 p.m. Concord’s Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Square, Concord. 978-369-2373. The long-awaited return of Spit Shine! Worcester’s rock Cover band. w/ guests On The Verge & 1 more. $7. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-3631888 or Angry Chair - Alice in Chains Tribute with Ryan Paz & Kurt Brown. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Red Onion - Otter River Hotel, 29 Main St., Baldwinville. 978-939-7373. Dan & Ethan. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Cigar Masters, 1 Exchange Place. 508-459-9035. Fennario. Fennario brings the grooves and spirit of the Grateful Dead! 21+ $5. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. The Cannery, 12 Crane St., Southbridge. 508-764-1100. Fern & Rita perform. Fern & Rita perform free. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Gardner Ale House, 74 Parker St., Gardner. 978-669-0122 or Guns of Navarone & Riki Rocksteady. 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877. Herra Terra, Ghost Ocean, Organ Beats, Desperate Strangers, and Godilla!. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Latino Night. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Breakaway Billiards, 104 Sterling St., Clinton. 978-365-6105. Melvern Taylor and His Fabulous Meltones!. No Cover!. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508753-4030. Pop Rocks. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. JJ’s Sports Bar and Grill, 380 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough. 508-842-8420. Ric Porter and the Sons of the Soil and Dusty Cobb. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Hotel Vernon - The Ship Room/Kelley Square Yacht Club, 1 Millbury St. 508-363-3507. Seductive Saturdays with DJ Hydro - Top 40. Providence’s DJ Hydro spins your favorite Mash Ups & Top 40 Tracks. Fusion’s Lounge opens at 9:00 pm and Dance Club opens at 10:30pm. Coat room with attendant available. No Cover Charge.

9 p.m.-2 a.m. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508-756-2100. South Central Acoustic. Come and party with local boys Neil Lucey and Ron Stacy. Great music and fun times. Free. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. The Days End, 287 Main St., Oxford. Spin Suite Saturdays with DJ Soup. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Bluri Bar & Lounge, 320 Main St. 508-926-8247. Sun Jones. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Partner’s Pub, 970 South St., Fitchburg. 978-345-5051. The Silverbacks. Band $5. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. The Usual Suspects. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Classic’s Pub, 285 Central St., Leominster. 978-537-7750. Touched - Classic Rock & 80’s Pop. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Sakura Tokyo, 640 Park Ave. 508-792-1078 or The Electrolux Combo. 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439.

>Sunday 15 Jazz on the Patio: Brian & Hugh. Castle Restaurant, 1230 Main St., Leicester. 508-892-8000. Acoustic Brunch with Tom Ewart. Tom shares his music with us as an OPEN MIC contributor most Wednesdays. We welcome him to share his stuff with us at Sunday Brunch. 10 a.m.noon Harvest Café, 40 Washington St., Hudson. 978-567-0948. Dale LePage and The Bobby Gadoury Trio 5pm; Andy Cummings 9pm to Close!. No Cover!. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Dana Lewis Live!. Playing the Greatest Hits of the 60’s to the 80’s. No Cover Charge. BE There! 7-10 p.m. Cafe’ Sorrento, 143 Central St., Milford. 508-478-7818 or danalewismusic. From San Francisco, Triple Cobra with guests The Roadkill Orchestra. $7. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or Music Under the Moose with Danielle Every Sunday. 8 p.m.-midnight Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Open Mic Night. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Red Onion - Otter River Hotel, 29 Main St., Baldwinville. 978-939-7373. Josh Briggs Live. Free. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Funky Murphy’s Bar & Grill, 305 Shrewsbury St. 508-753-2995 or fiveonfriday. REGGAE FUSION SUNDAYS with DJ Nick. DJ Nick and Weekly Guest DJ’s spin the HOTTTEST Reggae, Hip Hop and Top 40 every Sunday. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508756-2100.

>Monday 16 Black Sheep Jazz Band Plays the Sterling Band Stand. A family oriented Dixieland Band, perfect for a party at your house, a Mardi Gras Festival, political rally, patriotic parade or jazz concert. FREE. 6-8 p.m. Sterling Band Stand, Worcester Road, Sterling. 508-752-6213. Lisa Marie & Paul Spiedel on “Blue Monday”. free. 7:30-11 p.m. Gardner Ale House, 74 Parker St., Gardner. 978-6690122 or Open Mic Monday Nights at Chuck’s - w/ Bill McCarthy.. 7:30-11:30 p.m. Chuck’s Steakhouse, 10 Prospect St., Auburn. 508-832-2553 or Open Mic with John Windle. 8:30 p.m.-midnight Everyman Bistro, 311 Iron Horse Way, Providence. 401-751-3630 or

>Tuesday 17 Open Mic Night w/ Bill McCarthy. Free. 7-11 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Post Road Chorus. Post Road Chorus, a group of women, singing a cappella harmony, holds ongoing weekly rehearsals. All interested singers over 18 years old are welcome. 7:15-9:15 p.m. Briarwood Community Center, Birches Auditorium, Briarwood Circle. 508-852-1327. “Totally Tuesdays” Rad tunes in the Diner played every Tuesday Night!. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square

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>Wednesday 18 Open Jam Sessions. 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Canal Sports Pub, 177179 Millbury St. 508-304-7327. Sundown Concerts: The Love Dogs. 50s-style high energy blues, R&B, funk, jazz and more than a touch of brass. Rain date: 8/19. $12 per car for museum members, $15 per car for nonmembers. 7-8:30 p.m. Fruitlands Museum, On the Museum grounds/lawn, 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard. 978-456-3924, ext. 291. Wuppertaler Kurrende Boys Choir Concert. A renowned boys choir in the North-Rhine Westfalia area of Germany. The choir of 57 singers is touring the East Coast of the U.S. this month and has scheduled one of the two Boston-area concerts at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Westborough. The program will be a mixture of liturgical and secular a capella and organ music. There will be no charge but free-will offerings are appreciated. It is a one-time event. free. 7-8 p.m. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 183 West Main St., Westborough. 508-366-7095. Open Mic Night hosted by Sax Player Joe Ferreira. Open Mic hosted by Sax player Joe Ferreira Performances are held in dining room of restaurant with full bar. Dinner is served until 5-9pm. Reservations accepted. After Dark menu, desserts and cocktails until closing. http:// 978-5670948 No Cover, Pass the hat for the host. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Harvest Café, 40 Washington St., Hudson. 978-567-0948. Open Mic Night with Bill McCarthy - Open Mike!. Free!. 7:30-11 p.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877 or Acoustic Rock with Johnny R. Free. 8 p.m.-noon Brook’s Pub, 251 Lincoln St., Lincon st. 508-612-8128. Open Mike Night. No Cover Charge. 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Firefly’s Framingham, 235 Old Connecticut Path, Framingham. 508-8203333 or Vincent’s Presents: Tiki Night with Frank & Eric!. Frank and Eric will help you get over the hump every Wednesday with all of your favorite tropical drinks while soaking in special musical guests and movies. 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439. FREE Wednesday night Concert series with Brahman, Pocket Vinyl, Ink Dot Boy And Lizzy Pitch. Free. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508363-1888 or Open Mic Night The Raven Music Hall. Open Mic Night 258 Pleasant Street Worcester, MA 01609 Hosted By John Franklin Free. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Online 978-868-6340 or Forbidden Bass Wednesdays: Nlytn, Nema & Chips. Doors Open @ 9p.m. 4th Floor. Access to top 2 floors 5$. 9 p.m.2 a.m. Irish Times / Club Rehab, 244 Main St. Crypter, A Death Among Heroes, Serianna, and Red in My Head!. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148

Grove St. 508-753-9543. Open Mic Night with Sessions Promotions. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. The Raven, 258 Pleasant St. Starving Artist Open Mic- Hosted by Josh Briggs and Tony Yodice. Free. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Jose’ Murphy’s, 97-103 Water St. 508-792-0900. Wasted Wednesdays with DJ Soup. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Bluri Bar & Lounge, 320 Main St. 508-926-8247.

poetry >Thursday 12 The After 9 Poetry Series. every Thursday open mic poetry then either a featured poet or a cover but there is a hat pass to help pay the feature...21+ 0. 8:30-10 p.m. Hotel Vernon The Ship Room/Kelley Square Yacht Club, 1 Millbury St. 508-3633507 or The Little “a” Poetry Series. The Little “a” Poetry Series occurs every Thursday night around 7:30 at the Q (362 Chandler St, Worcester) and is hosted by Cowboy Matt Hopewell. We have an open mic followed by a featured poet. To book a feature, e-mail Matt at Featured Poet: March 4th Bobby Gibbs March 11th - Jared Paul March 19th- Sarah Guimond 1 food or drink item purchase, donation to go to featured poet. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Q Cafe, 362 Chandler St.

>Sunday 15 Poetry Poetry Reading for Kids 12 and Under. The Rabbit Hole presents a free Sunday poetry series once a month for kids age 12 and under. Kids can bring a favorite poem to read out loud, or we can give your child a poem to read. Moms, Dads and family members are welcome to read also. And if you are a child who is writing poetry, come share your work with a receptive audience. Area writer/artist Sally Cragin will host the summer readings. Parents/adults need to accompany their child. FREE. 1-2 p.m. Rabbit Hole (bookstore and more), 805 Main St., Fitchburg. 978-345-0040 or The Poets’ Asylum. Join Worcester’s longest running poetry series every Sunday night for an open mic reading followed by a featured poet and/or a poetry slam. This week we will hold the second iWPS rep Qualifying Slam. During the month of August the Poets’ Asylum will pick a representative to send to the Individual World Poetry Slam (iWPS) Championships. You’ll find a diverse range of work within slam, including heartfelt love poetry, searing social commentary, uproarious comic routines, and bittersweet personal confessional pieces. The top finishers in the slam tonight will take part in the Worcester iWPS rep finals on August 29th. For more info please visit our website - http:// . Please put some money in the bucket to support the reading.. 6-9 p.m. Jumpin’ Juice & Java, 335 Chandler St. 508-926-8800.

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>Friday 13 Reggaeton (Spanish Reggae Dance) Workshop for Women only. Ladies..learn to move your body to HOT Reggaeton (Spanish reggae) music. This music is burning up all the clubs and now YOU can look just as hot and sexy as the music. In this 2hr course, you will learn to move your hips, arms and body. $30. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Salsa Storm Dance Studio, 9 Harrison St. 508-8548489 or Open Practice Dance Session. American Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio Hosts A Open Dance Practice Session every 2nd & 4th Friday! 7- 10pm, $10pp Admission. $10pp. 7-10 p.m. American Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio, Maironis Park, 52 South Quinsigamond Ave., Shrewsbury. 508-925-4537 or WC Swing Classes (Beg). Learn with other Singles & Couples for 6 weeks. The West Coast Swing originated from the Savoy Style Lindy dance. $50pp. 6-7 p.m. American Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio, Maironis Park, 52 South Quinsigamond Ave., Shrewsbury. 508-925-4537 or WC Swing Classes (Int). Learn with other Singles & Couples for 6 weeks. The West Coast Swing originated from the Savoy Style Lindy dance. Brought to Hollywood by Dean Collins, a famous movie dancer and choreographer, this dance soon became popular in California nightclubs during the 1930s and 1940s. $50pp. 7-8 p.m. American Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio, Maironis Park, 52 South Quinsigamond Ave., Shrewsbury. 508-925-4537 or

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Crafters and Vendors wanted. I’m looking for Vendors who do home parties, Community Yard Sale event Sat. Sept. 25th 8am-3:00pm Auburn/ Webster Lodge of Elks # 2118 754 Southbridge St. Auburn, MA. For more info. contact Angel King @ 508-7565575 or Robert King at HOLDEN 44 Nola Dr. Sunday August 15th, 8am-1pm. Rain or Shine. No Early Birds please. Moving Sale. Furniture, tools, garden supplies, golf clubs, books, games, and housewares. PRINCETON, 123 Ball Hill Road, MULTI FAMILY yard sale SAT. AUG 14 8am-2pm. lots of kids items including clothes, new Tupperware, households, scrapbook & crafts, kitchen and much more. STERLING 17 Sunset Dr. Sat. August 14th 9am-12pm. Moving Sale. Rain or Shine. No early birds please. Everything must go! Furniture, appliances, kids clothes, toys, and more.

ITEMS UNDER $2010 16” Chain Saw Poulan. Ran but needs new pull cord. as is $50.00 Firm. 978-8334130 Leominster AB-CIRCLE PRO Like New, includes DVD. Fun & easy workout. Pd $200. Sell for $50. 978-386-7358 BETTY BOOP DOLL STANDS 17 1/2” HIGH $10 Call 508-795-1566. Cherry Ent. Center 60” L 22 ½ “ W 63” H Glass door for TV & VCR. Good cond. $250 978-464-5953 Commercial Refrigerator 2 sliding doors and glass sides. $500. Call 774-2393101. Couch 84”, 3 cushions, solid, strong construction, covering incl’d. $80.00 508-7910531 Dorm Size Refrigerator Haier dorm size refrigerator w/freezer. 20 inches by 20 inches. $50.00. after 5 pm Ent. Center 48” x 49” x 15.5” Brown oak finish, adj. shelves, storage, many uses. $90.00 508-754-1827

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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS LEASE OF TOWN PROPERTY The Town of Millbury, through its Board of Selectmen, is soliciting sealed proposals for up to a ten- (10) year lease of approximately 18,729 square feet of space located Southeast of Worcester in the former Center School at 130 Elm Street, Millbury, MA, for the purpose of operating a Massachusetts Department of Education approved educational institution or similar service. Forms and specifications may be obtained from the Board of Selectmen’s office, 127 Elm Street, Millbury, MA 01527, or by calling 508865-4710. Proposals will be accepted until 1:00 pm on Monday August 30, 2010 at the Board of Selectmen office, at which time they will be opened and recorded. The Millbury Board of Selectmen reserves the right to accept or reject any or all proposals, to waive any informalities and to award the lease as shall be in the best interests of the Town of Millbury.

TOWN OF MILLBURY PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE Millbury Planning Board In accordance with the provisions of Chapter 40A of the Massachusetts General Laws, the Millbury Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Monday, August 16, 2010, at 9:15 p.m., at the Municipal Office Building, 127 Elm Street, Millbury, MA, on the application of Fadi El-Massih, property located at 54 and 56 Canal Street, Millbury, MA, for Site Plan Review Special Permit under Article 1, Section 12.4 of the Millbury Zoning Bylaw, and for a Post-Construction Stormwater Management Permit under Section 16-3 of the Millbury General Bylaws, to re-develop the site by relocating and expanding the existing gasoline filling stations, constructing a new retail building, and reconfiguring parking areas. Plan is available to view in the Planning Office. Anyone wishing to be heard on this application should appear at the time and place designated above.

TOWN OF MILLBURY The Millbury Conservation Commission will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at 8:15 P.M. at the Municipal Office Building, 127 Elm Street to act on a Request for Determination of Applicability from Massachusetts Electric Co. d/b/a National Grid for installation of gas piping at 1 Latti Farm Road (Assessor’s Map 14, Lot 20) a/k/a part of 449 Southwest Cutoff, Worcester. Said work falls under the jurisdiction of the Wetlands Protection Act M.G.L. Chapter 131, Section 40. Donald Flynn Chairman

TOWN OF SUTTON CONSERVATION COMMISSION The Sutton Conservation Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at 7:15PM, at the Sutton Town Hall, 4 Uxbridge Road, Sutton, MA. The purpose of this hearing is to review a Notice of Intent submitted to the Conservation Commission by Timothy & Maureen Britt, Manchaug, MA. The project consists of proposing to demolish the existing singlefamily house and re-build a new single-family home, on Map 53, Parcels 33, 34, 35, 52, at 47 Carrier Lane, Sutton MA. This notice is publicized in accordance with the provisions of General Law Chapter 131, Section 40 commonly known as the Wetlands Protection Act, and the Sutton Wetlands and Riverfront District Administration Bylaw.

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TOWN OF MILLBURY The Millbury Conservation Commission will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at 7:15 P.M. at the Municipal Office Building, 127 Elm Street to act on a Request for Determination of Applicability from Campanelli Development III, LLC for site work at 10 Latti Farm Road. Said work falls under the jurisdiction of the Wetlands Protection Act M.G.L. Chapter 131, Section 40. Donald Flynn Chairman

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TOWN OF MILLBURY The Millbury Conservation Commission will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at 8:30 P.M. at the Municipal Office Building, 127 Elm Street to act on a Request for Determination of Applicability from John McGarry / Millbury Department of Public Works for cemetery expansion work at Water Street (Assessor’s Map 53, Lot 9) Said work falls under the jurisdiction of the Wetlands Protection Act M.G.L. Chapter 131, Section 40. Donald Flynn Chairman TOWN OF MILLBURY The Town of Millbury Board of Selectmen and Town Manager in accordance with Section 5-1(b) Millbury Home Rule Charter will hold a Public Hearing on August 24, 2010, 7:15 p.m. at the Municipal Office Building, 127 Elm Street to act upon a reorganization of the DPW combining the positions of Working Foreman and Sewer Superintendent to create the new position of Operations Manager. All are invited to attend this hearing and to present their views orally or in writing.

TOWN OF SUTTON CONSERVATION COMMISSION The Sutton Conservation Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at 7:30PM, at the Sutton Town Hall, 4 Uxbridge Road, Sutton, MA. The purpose of this hearing is to review a Notice of Intent submitted to the Conservation Commission by NSTAR Gas, Westwood, MA. The project consists of installation of a gas main within Pleasant Valley Road and Worcester Providence Turnpike, on various Maps, and Parcels, at Pleasant Valley Road and Worcester Providence Turnpike, Sutton MA. This notice is publicized in accordance with the provisions of General Law Chapter 131, Section 40 commonly known as the Wetlands Protection Act, and the Sutton Wetlands and Riverfront District Administration Bylaw.


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Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department WORCESTER Division Docket No 3*, Notice of Fiduciary’s Account To all persons interested in the estate of Ann Chronchio of Worcester, Worcester County, guardian of a mentally ill person, (now deceased.) You are hereby notified pursuant to Mass. R. Civ. P. rule 72 that the first thru fourth & final account(s) of Jewish Family Service of Worcester Inc., as Guardian (the fiduciary) of the property of said Ann Chronchio (now deceased) have been presented to said Court for allowance. If you desire to preserve your right to file an objection to said account(s), you or your attorney must file a written appearance in said Court at Worcester on or before the thirty-first day of August, 2010, the return day of this citation. You may upon written request by registered or certified mail to the fiduciary, or to the attorney for the fiduciary, obtain without cost a copy of said account(s). If you desire to object to any item of said account(s), you must, in addition to filing a written appearance as aforesaid, file within thirty days after said return day or within such other time as the Court upon motion may order a written statement of each such item together with the grounds for each objection thereto, a copy to be served upon the fiduciary pursuant to Mass. R. Civ. P. Rule 5. WITNESS, Denise L. Meagher, Esquire, First Justice of said Court at Worcester this second day of August, 2010. Stephen G. Abraham Register of Probate Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department WORCESTER Division Docket No. 09P2381PM Notice of Fiduciary’s Account To all persons interested in the estate of Katherine Latour of Worcester, Worcester County. You are hereby notified pursuant to Mass. R. Civ. P. rule 72 that the Third Account(s) of Jewish Family Service of Worcester Inc., as Guardian (the fiduciary) of the property of said Katherine Latour has been presented to said Court for allowance. If you desire to preserve your right to file an objection to said account(s), you or your attorney must file a written appearance in said Court at Worcester on or before the twenty-fourth day of August, 2010, the return day of this citation. You may upon written request by registered or certified mail to the fiduciary, or to the attorney for the fiduciary, obtain without cost a copy of said account(s). If you desire to object to any item of said account(s), you must, in addition to filing a written appearance as aforesaid, file within thirty days after said return day or within such other time as the Court upon motion may order a written statement of each such item together with the grounds for each objection thereto, a copy to be served upon the fiduciary pursuant to Mass. R. Civ. P. Rule 5. WITNESS, Denise L. Meagher, Esquire, First Justice of said Court at Worcester this twenty-ninth day of July, 2010. Stephen G. Abraham Register of Probate


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TOWN OF SUTTON PLANNING BOARD & DEPARTMENT Sutton Planning Board Public Hearing Notice In accordance with the provisions of Section IV.C. of the Sutton Zoning Bylaw ? Site Plan Review, the Planning Board will hold a public hearing on the application of Robert C. Haroutunian, 249 Cooper Road, Northbridge, MA 01534. The applicant seeks to open an automotive repair business in the existing structure at 5 Harback Road, owned by RPM Realty Trust of Sutton, MA. The hearing will be held at the Sutton Town Hall, third floor, on Monday, August 23, 2010 at 7:45 P.M. A copy of the application and plan can be inspected in the office of the Town Clerk during normal office hours. Tomm Connors, Chairman

TOWN OF SUTTON PLANNING BOARD & DEPARTMENT Sutton Planning Board Public Hearing Notice In accordance with the provisions of Section VI.L of the Sutton Zoning Bylaw - Accessory Apartments Bylaw, the Planning Board will hold a public hearing on the application of Harold Blaue, 69 Lincoln Road, Sutton, MA for a Special Permit to create an 848 s.f. accessory apartment at this location. The hearing will be held in the third floor meeting room at the Town Hall on Monday, August 23, 2010 at 7:30 P.M. A copy of the plans and application can be inspected in the office of the Town Clerk during normal office hours. Tomm Connors, Chairman



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Mark J. Contois Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a new boss in the city this month, one who holds the power of the printed word in Worcester. No, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a new publishing maverick â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but rather the new head librarian at the Worcester Public Library, Mark J. Contois. Arriving this month from his position as director of libraries in Framingham, 52 year old Contois came out on top from over 30 candidates for the position, and will be the 10th head librarian at the 150 year old library. We decided to corner the new book chief between stacks of non fiction novels to hear what his plans will be upon his arrival in Worcester. Shhhâ&#x20AC;Ślisten up! Where do you call home? Depot Village neighborhood in the Town of Palmer. Palmer is known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Town of Seven Railroadsâ&#x20AC;? for the many rail lines that once ran through the town.

Tell us a bit about your library resume â&#x20AC;&#x201C; where are you coming from and where have you been? Director of Libraries,

the Springfield City Library during my senior year at Westfield State College. This wonderful opportunity exposed me to the important work that happens every day at public libraries and to the people that work in libraries.

What are the challenges youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll face in your new position? A primary challenge will be to work through these tough economic times that are adversely impacting budgets and the ability of public libraries everywhere to provide the services people need. During tough economic times, people turn to libraries for their incredible array of free resources, from computers to books, to assistance with job hunting and career information.

Framingham Public Library, Town of Framingham for the past 4.5 years. Previously to this, Director of the Palmer Public Library for 12 years. It has been a real privilege to be associated with both of these outstanding public libraries.

What attracted you to the Library profession in the ďŹ rst place? I was fortunate to be chosen for an internship in the Local History Department of

What are you most looking forward to at the WPL? Working with the staff, Trustees, Friends of the Library, The WPL Foundation, and the entire library community to continue to build upon the strong tradition of innovative library services for which the Worcester Public Library is, deservedly, well known.

What is the biggest misconception folks have of librarians? That librarians are quiet. Not true. Librarians are some of the most humorous, and boisterous people I know!

Favorite local author? David McCullough. I had the good fortune to meet Mr. McCullough many years ago when he graciously volunteered to narrate a Public Service Announcement

for Massachusettsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; public libraries. I especially enjoyed McCulloughâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest work, 1776, which tells the story of the founding year of the United States, with focus on George Washington, the amateur army, and other struggles for independence.

One book you think every youth should read? To Kill A Mockingbird. Author Harper Lee uses memorable characters to explore Civil Rights and racism in the segregated southern United States of the 1930s. Told through the eyes of Scout Finch, this novel uses humor, humility and courage to address issues that are still with us today.

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